SMPD Officers Use Narcan for Opioid Overdose

Officers noticed the victim was pale, unconscious, and non-responsive when they arrived at her car.

On April 25, 2020 at about 6:08 PM, Santa Monica Police Department (SMPD) officers came to Virginia Park in response to a call about an an overdose.

The man who had called 911, said that he discovered his girlfriend had overdosed in her home. He immediately began to transport her to a local hospital, but while driving he noticed her condition deteriorating. He pulled over at Virginia Avenue Park and call 911, saying that his girlfriend had overdosed on Oxycodone.

SMPD Officers noticed the victim was pale, unconscious, and non-responsive, writes Lt. Rudy Flores, SMPD Public Information Officer. "so they retrieved their Naloxone (also known as Narcan) kit and administered it to the victim intranasally. The victim responded positively and was subsequently transported to a local hospital for treatment," Cortez continued.

"Naloxone (Narcan) causes no harm when administered and blocks opioid receptors in the brain, therefore temporary reversing the effects the opioids cause such as respiratory arrest. Narcan has been used over 14 times by SMPD personnel since the inception of the program in January of 2019," writes Florex.


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